1.jpgCanker sores or mouth ulcers are more prevalent during the colder winter months, but there are steps you can take to help prevent these painful sores.

Choose the Right Foods

Often, people who get canker sores will benefit from avoiding foods that could irritate the mouth. These foods include salty snacks like nuts, pretzels and crisps. Very acidic foods like tomatoes and citrus fruits can irritate oral tissues. Also, it’s important to eat a nutritious diet that contains plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables and whole grains.

Practice Good Oral Hygiene

Removing food particles that irritate the mouth can be helpful, so make sure you brush and floss frequently. Sometimes avoiding products that contain sodium lauryl sulphate can be beneficial. This is a foaming agent found in many kinds of toothpaste. If you like to use mouthwash, make sure it is alcohol-free.

Avoid Stress

Stress is well-known for causing canker sores and one of the best ways to relieve it is through exercising. Make sure you choose an activity you enjoy, and it doesn’t need to be strenuous. Yoga and meditation are excellent for relieving stress.

If a mouth ulcer lasts longer than a couple of weeks, come and see us here at Diverse Dental.